Printable Solar Cells

Melbourne researchers have successfully created Australia's largest and most flexible solar cells, with the aid of a new printer located at CSIRO.  

Printable Solar Cells

The scientists are part of a collaboration between research and industry called the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium (VICOSC). The group,  consisting of scientists from CSIRO, the University of Melbourne, and Monash University have been working on the technology for over seven years and have figured out a way to cheaply print the panels onto plastic, including smart-phones and laptops, enabling self charging electronics.  They are also able to print directly on to walls and windows using an opaque solar film and claim that they can line a skyscraper with panels, making it totally electrically self sufficient.